Monday, February 16, 2009
Lydia Lunch / Michael Gira - "Hard Rock" (1984 cassette)
While I am posting fucked-up shit, here's some seriously fucked-up shit. Well, the Michael Gira side is, anyway. The Lydia side is typical Lydia spoken word. It's good, and has never shown up on any of her compilations. But The Swans' Michael Gira is the reason to get this: His tale of a boy's obsession with Mr. Smother must be heard to be believed. I won't give anything away but it starts out bad and gets worse and worse, spiraling to ever greater depths of depravity. Oh, and it's fucking hilarious! Made all the more so by his ultra-deadpan, matter-of-fact delivery. My friends and I were obsessed with this all those years ago.
This was Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace! label's first release, E#1, and came out the same time as the original "Sonic Death" cassette. I got both at once from and ad in Forced Exposure. They came on hand dubbed low noise cassettes with handwritten sticky labels. Just as if a friend made 'em for me (and hell, I like to think of ol' Thurston as a friend, haha). The covers were xeroxed on card stock.
Get this cassette rip HERE now!
01. I'm An Infant: I Worship Him (Michael Gira)
02. Wet Me On A Dead Night (Lydia Lunch)
Labels: Ecstatic Peace, NYC, Sonic Youth, spoken word, Swans
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H-O-L-Y-F-U-C-K! I've been wanting this forever. Seriously. Its probably the one thing by either Ms. Lunch or Gira that I haven't been able to track down. I'm a serious fan of their work, especially Gira. Thanks so much for sharing this, gonna go listen to it now. I've linked your blog up on mine. You've got some great stuff here.
Funny, I was gonna send you a message suggesting you get this, having noticed your Swans post.
Thank you for this. a search within my blog will get you to some photos I took recently of M Girs @ Mt Buller ATP & when he then played in a little club here in Melbourne a couple of days later.
Seriously bent & beautiful. Nice.
thanks a fuck load!
Wow! I first heard this when I was 17, and I'm sure it was instrumental in twisting my mind into the gnarled mess it is today.
I've googled "Michael Gira Mr Smother," many times over the years in hopes of hearing this again, and it's finally paid off. I should probably be worried that I feel nostalgia for Gira's smoldering, urine-soaked winos and liquefied feces & earwax.
I think what I'm trying to do is thank you for the post. So, thanks!
Excellent! I have been too lazy to digitize my own copy & have recently been hankering to hear Mr Gira's side again.
Glad to help you all keep in touch with your depravity!
Nice work, I've been hoping to hear this for 20+ years... x
Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!
Thanks for reminding me of this cassette--just took it to get transferred to CD, "because I want to be good for him" LOL.
thanks for this.
anyone have The Somniloquist, i stupidly missed it when it came out and now can't find a copy anywhere.
many many thanks! a missing link for many Lunch and Gira fans.
Jesus! Thank you so much!
I just bought an original cassette of this for 50 cents at a flea market in NJ. It's marked # 472 of 500. Can't wait to listen to it.
Thank you. Dead C and Gira obscurities. I am in bliss.
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